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Vol. 16, No. 4: Silvaplana’s Swiss Shooter

On January 13, 2020   |   By thekiteboarder.com

Somewhere in Ireland, torrential rain poundsthe tin can roof of an economy rental car asLukas Pitsch hugs the grassy left edge of a smalltwo-lane rural road. A technical bag tightlypacked with an arsenal of Nikon equipmentsits shotgun, but conspicuously missing fromthis working photo trip is his faithful bag ofkite gear. At that very moment, 1200 miles tothe south, Lukas friends apply climbing skinsto the bottom of their skis in SwitzerlandsBernina Pass. Exchanging encouragement instaccato Swiss German, they begin trekkinginto the upper basin, traversing the steepsnowy terrain in switchback routes that gainaltitude quickly. When they finally reach asteady mountain breeze, they run their lines,pack their skins and launch into the first dayof the Swiss snowkite season.

Silvaplana is one of Europes remote kitescenes known for its iconic milky blueglacial waters sandwiched between rollinggreen hills and monolithic granite peaksthat are blessed with reliable summertimethermals and endless snowkiting terrain inthe winter. Its stunning backdrops allowfor backcountry access to some of themost diverse and pristine snowkite spotsin Europe. This is home for Lukas Pitsch,but having recently committed full timeto a career in freelance photography, hewas finishing up a two-week assignment inIreland for an international sports companywhile his friends were scoring the first kite-assistedclimbs of the season. Snowkitingseason in Switzerland had started and LukasPitsch was officially missing out… To read the rest of the article, become a subscriber of Tkb Magazine.


Tkb’s Vol. 16, No. 4 winter 2019 digital issue is available now. The print issue will be landing in mailboxes soon!

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